Overview Paris - Sens

Day 1 - Paris
Day 2 - Vaux-le-Vicomte/Melun 
Day 3 - Barbizon/Moret-sur-Loing
Day 4 - Fontainebleau/Montereau
Day 5 - Sens 
Day 6 - Joigny/Sens
Day 7 - Return Journey

Overview Sens - Paris

Day 1 - Sens
Day 2 – Joigny/Sens
Day 3 - Montereau
Day 4 - Fontainebleau/Moret-sur-Loing
Day 5 - Barbizon/Melun
Day 6 - Vaux-le-Vicomte/Paris
Day 7 - Return Journey

Spendology - Widgets

Péniche Haute Seine

Barging between Paris and Burgundy on our exclusive new Péniche charter via the Châteaux of royal Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte, artistic Barbizon and sacred Sens

This exclusive cruise affords insight into France’s cultural, royal, religious and artistic heritage. Sacred Sens was the seat of the primate of northern France, similar to Canterbury and Thomas Becket spent years in exile here before his assassination in Canterbury Cathedral at the orders of Henry II (‘will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest’), as illustrated in the stained glass of this first-ever Gothic cathedral. View his vestments, Roman mosaics, Byzantine relics and taste a Thomas Becket beer!

Home to Royalty and developed over 800 years, the richly furnished Château de Fontainebleau is best known for Napoleon’s farewell from the horseshoe staircase. Vaux-le-Vicomte was commissioned by Le Fouquet, Louis XIV’s chamberlain, an exquisite masterpiece with architecture by Le Vau, paintings by Le Brun and gardens by Le Nôtre. Such was the grandeur that the sun king imprisoned Le Fouquet and initiated Versailles as a copy!

Pre-Impressionist landscape artists came to Barbizon at weekends inspired by Fontainebleau Forest, often leaving paintings as payment.

Key Features

Exclusive Small Ship Cruise
Free Cabin Selection
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Excursions Included 
Drinks Included
UK Tour Manager
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 20

Day 1 Travel London to Paris by Eurostar. Embark Péniche Raymonde at Quai de Grenelle (Eiffel Tower). Sail past the great monuments of Paris to Quai de Bercy. (D)

Day 2 Cruise to Evry. Travel to Vaux-le-Vicomte to visit the Château, gardens and carriage museum. Rejoin the Péniche at Melun, prefecture of Seine-et-Marne. (B, L, D)

Day 3 At Barbizon discover the Ganne Inn artists’ museum, Millet’s studio and the forest. Cruise to Moret-sur-Loing. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning visit to Fontainebleau Château and gardens. Cruise to Montereau, confluence of the Seine and Yonne. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cruise to Sens. Walking tour of the town, cathedral, museum and treasury. Taste a Thomas Becket beer. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Drive to the Saint-Jacques vineyards, overlooking the Yonne, then walk down from Joigny’s upper gate past old houses and churches. Visit the Resistance museum, founded by original members and run by descendants. Cellar tasting of Saint-Jacques wines. Afternoon free in Sens. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Travel to Paris for return Eurostar. (B)

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board and access to the public lounge).

Day 1 Travel from London to Paris by Eurostar. Transfer to Sens (2 hrs). Embark Péniche Raymonde. (D)

Day 2 Drive to the Saint-Jacques vineyards, then walk down from Joigny’s upper gate. Visit the Resistance museum. Cellar tasting of Saint-Jacques wines. In Sens visit the cathedral, museum and treasury. A glass of Thomas Becket beer. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Cruise to Montereau, confluence of the Seine and Yonne. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Sail to Moret-sur-Loing. Visit Fontainebleau Château and gardens. (B, L, D)

Day 5 At Barbizon discover the Ganne Inn artists’ museum, Millet’s studio and Fontainebleau Forest. Sail to Melun. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Tour of Vaux-le-Vicomte château, gardens and carriage museum. Sail to Paris. Evening cruise through Paris. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Disembark Quai de Grenelle (Eiffel Tower). Return journey by Eurostar. (B)

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board and access to the public lounge).

2019

Tuesdays
per person in a twin Lower Deck cabin
Eurostar from London St. Pancras

Date Price
August 20 £2095
August 27 £2095

2020

Thursdays
per person in a twin Lower Deck cabin
Eurostar from London St. Pancras

Date Price
August 20 £2145
August 27 £2095

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £995

Rail Options

Eurostar Standard Premier Class £195

Extension Options

Extra nights – Paris (2020 only)
Hotel Chess (per night) £125 (Sep £145)
Single Supplement £105 (Sep £125)
Departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
Rail travel, all port charges, transfers, 6-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated rail fares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
2019:
Aug 20 follow the Paris-Sens itinerary.
Aug 27 follow the Sens-Paris itinerary.

2020:
Aug 20 follows the Paris-Sens itinerary.
Aug 27 follows the Sens-Paris itinerary.

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